With Navratri approaching–and with it the season for casual sex–AIDS specialists have warned youngsters who pop emergency contraceptive pills after unprotected intercourse that they are still at high risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
According to Dr Alka Deshpande, professor of medicine, JJ Hospital and in–charge of the AIDS therapy centre, youngsters feel that they can get away with unprotected sex during Navratri because the pills are available over the counter. “The fact is that these pills do not provide any protection against sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B virus and even venereal warts,” she explained. “As youngsters indulge in sexual relations on the spur of the moment, there is no opportunity to use devices like condoms to ward off such diseases. There is every chance of getting infected by the partner.”
Endorsing her view, Dr R D Kharkar, AIDS consultant, said the level of awareness amongst youngsters about emergency contraceptive pills is quite surprising. “At a recent college event, I was shocked when a girl asked me whether taking such pills would help prevent HIV infection,” he said. “Risky sexual behaviour is quite common during Navratri, but it is for youngsters and their parents to be aware of the dangers.”
Another AIDS expert, Dr I S Gilada, too said many youngsters have confessed that they feel emergency pills prevent sexually transmitted diseases. “Such half–baked knowledge can be dangerous. It is important that they are made aware of the correct method of preventing infections,” he said.
Dr Deshpande suggested that in case of any unprotected intercourse, the girl must confide in one of her parents. “Even emergency pills should be taken under medical supervision, as consuming them in an incorrect way may still lead to a pregnancy,” she said.
Source: Times of India